Boba Fett Visits Kenner - November 1978
Kenner worked closely with Lucasfilm in order to immortalize the new villain of the Star Wars universe as an action figure. In November 1978 the costume and an actor to wear it were sent from California to Kenner's offices in Cincinnati, Ohio on a Marketing visit. This was the second prototype costume painted by Daydream Productions who used the original Joe Johnston painted costume for reference. At Kenner, the most important product of the visit was to capture the photo for creating the action figure cardback.

Before this time, around July 1978, Kenner's designers visited Skywalker Ranch and photographed the original Joe Johnston costume and used those photos as a basis to create the original conceptual figure. That figure went though a few revisions at the concept stage then many more with the rocket-firing feature as it was developed as a toy.

The images show the general costume from a few views, but the most interesting one is the one showing Boba Fett fire his wrist-mounted flame thrower. One of the photographs of that particular pose (from the point of view of the photographer in the picture) was then used by an artist to create the artwork first seen on the first proof card then shortly thereafter on thecarded Toy Fair sample. Then ultimately it was used on the widely recognized and coveted carded Boba Fett action figures sold worldwide. For the production figures the fireball was completely repainted and the Kenner logo and bubble position were altered as well.

Description by: Chris Georgoulias
Photo: Anonymous
From the collection of: Cloud City Collectibles
Country:United States
Film:A New Hope
Category:Prototypes / Product Concepts


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